April’s Special Flower

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Do you know which flower is special for April? The Old Farmer’s Almanac says it can be either the daisy or the sweetpea. Flower Press explains that, “Each month of the year is associated with its very own flower. April is somewhat of an exception since there are two flowers associated with this month –…… Continue reading April’s Special Flower

Special Flower for September

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The special flower for September according to the British Florist Association is the aster. The aster, says Interflora, represents both love and daintiness. The flowers are also associated with wisdom, valour and faith, making them a great choice for dear friends and family members. Reminiscent of a daisy, the aster is named after the Greek…… Continue reading Special Flower for September

More Gladioli for August

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The special flower for the month of August is the Gladioli and these three paintings show the flower at its best. Vase with Red Gladioli by Vincent van Gogh 1886 Gladioli and Asters un-named artist Gladioli in a Vase by Pierre Auguste Renoir 1875 Thanks for reading my blog today.

Special flower for August

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The special flower for the month of August is the gladiolus – or gladioli if you’ve  bunch of them. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac the gladiolus represents remembrance, calm, integrity, and infatuation. The other August flower is the poppy. A red poppy signifies pleasure; A white poppy is given for consolation; and, A yellow…… Continue reading Special flower for August

Special flower for July

The special flower for July is Larkspur or Delphinium as it’s otherwise known. Strong bonds of love are represented by Larkspur. There are different meanings for each colour. Pink denotes contrariness, white expresses a happy nature, and a first love is usually symbolized by purple larkspur. Still Life with Larkspur and Fruits by Felix Esterl…… Continue reading Special flower for July

Yorkshire Rose Queen 1931

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This is a fantastic Pathé News clip from 1931. It’s filmed in Scarborough, Yorkshire, a place I know well. https://youtu.be/tpSlG91oA-0 The procession goes to The Spa and it’s interesting to see the “bandstand” before it was enclosed. In case you don’t know Scarborough, this is The Spa complex now. Thanks for visiting my blog today.

More Roses

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The special flower for June is the rose. I found some lovely rose photos for my June 1st blogpost. Today’s roses are all works of art! Roses, Tulips et Lilas dans un vase de Christal by Edouard Manet 1881 Roses by Kida Kinjiro  1962 The Rose Arches at Giverny by Claude Monet 1913 The Roses…… Continue reading More Roses

Special flower for June

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Humility, chastity and sweetness are the characteristics of June’s special flower – the rose. But he who dares not grasp the thorn Should never crave the rose. Anne Brontë An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup. H.L. Mencken I feel…… Continue reading Special flower for June

Our gardens may be under threat

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I saw this perturbing report on the BBC News website at the end of last year. Gardens under threat from ‘game changing’ plant disease. Apparently Xylella fastidiosa has caused widespread problems in Europe, wiping out entire olive groves. It can infect plants from lavender to cherry trees and is of real and growing concern in…… Continue reading Our gardens may be under threat